Stephen Quirke

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About Stephen Quirke

At StrategyWorks we work with the executives and the teams tasked with delivering strategy. Strategy can be set by decree but someone in the organisation must make it happen. At StrategyWorks we work with leaders tasked with executing strategy. Stephen coaches individuals and teams to align their thoughts around relevant information and structures to focus teams on delivery. Stephen is also keen on painting in watercolours.

Solution-Focused Coaching – tools for team interaction

By |2018-06-29T08:03:37+00:00June 28th, 2018|Coaching, Communication, Conflict, Empowerment, Facilitation, Strategy, Workshop, Workshop Technique|

We think we are open-minded. We assume we see all perspectives on an issue in a balanced, fair and Solution-Focused way. However research by Herbert Simon shows this not to be true. Our capacity to think freely is always bound by what we already know. And new ideas push us into the realm of resistance [...]

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Confrontation – Give difficult feedback

By |2018-07-02T14:50:27+00:00June 27th, 2018|Coaching, Leading, Models, Teams|

There is real skill required to build warm relationships at the same time as you manage people to achieve high levels of delivery. It is easy to be either a nice ineffectual leader or a ruthless driver. It is a lot more difficult to drive and build appropriate relationships at the same time. And this [...]

Take these leadership steps to create team magic

By |2018-05-29T10:20:38+00:00May 28th, 2018|Delegation, Empowerment, Leading, Teams, Uncategorized|

Most organisations use leadership in teams to achieve goals Even with the best technology, most efficient processes, and most exciting ideas, you ultimately implement your strategy through people. Probably people in teams! which means you will need leadership.  Unless you have these guys at your disposal: Teams will allow you to undertake larger, more complex [...]

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Exponential Organisation – Strategy Map

By |2018-05-10T14:46:24+00:00May 10th, 2018|Models, Strategy|

This posting on the Exponential Organisation is taken from the book on the new organisations by Salim Ismail. Here is a classic tale of disruption: Jan 2007:  Steve Jobs releases the first Apple iPhone. Two months later:  Nokia buy Navteq for $8.1 billion. A high tech road mapping and tracking system with in-road sensors, software [...]

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Balanced Scorecard: Align your action around a few key measures

By |2018-05-21T12:04:45+00:00March 1st, 2018|Communication, Conversation models, Decision making, Delegation, Strategy, Teams, Uncategorized|

Sherlock Holmes uses key indicators. In one of the Sherlock Holmes stories he says “I watch these five people and when they do something different I know the game is afoot”.  It would be great to have such an arrangement in our organisation.  “We watch these eight measures and when one starts moving we know [...]

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Defensive Reasoning: the traps we set ourselves

By |2016-11-18T10:03:57+00:00April 19th, 2016|Communication, Conversation models, Teams, Uncategorized|

Dean Rusk with President Johnson and Robert McNamara.  The very pinnacle of government in the USA at the time.  No place for defensive reasoning - but... Dean Rusk was the 54th United States Secretary of State from 1961 – 1969, serving under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.  He has also been attributed with [...]

Left Hand Column – honesty is more than not lying

By |2018-02-19T11:27:28+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Communication, Conflict, Conversation models, Leading|

Your assumptions can destroy you.  And everyone else! On October 27, 1962 eleven US Navy destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Randolph dropped practice depth charges on a Soviet Foxtrot class submarine, B59, in international waters.  This was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Unknown to the US Navy, the submarine carried [...]

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A classic No in movie history

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00March 22nd, 2016|Communication, Conflict|

This image comes from the artist Eric Geusz.  Thanks Eric.  You can see more of his work on his page 'entroz' on Deviant Art. No - A magic spell in two letters No is really short.  It’s easy to pronounce.  But like any magic spell, it is dangerous, sometimes difficult to voice and it takes [...]

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Change agent – do you really want to play this role?

By |2018-02-19T11:12:02+00:00March 2nd, 2016|Change, Models|

If you are reading this today, there is every possibility you are alive because of the research of Dr Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis.  Dr Semmelweis was an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures and a tragic example of what it may cost to play the role of the change agent. In the mid-1800s mothers giving birth had [...]

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Scenario conversation or stories of defeat?

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00February 17th, 2016|Conversation models, scenario, Strategy|

What do these brands have in common? Yes they misread the market famously. Of course it is easy to point fingers, but the point of this illustration is that even the best get it wrong. IBM failed to see the potential of the personal computer In the late 1980s, personal computers had been around for [...]

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